Artist: Xarhope On The Road
Title: Cairo Mall
Style: Field Recordings
Date: August 2010
Label: Green Field Recordings
Artwork: Alexei Biryukoff / Original Photo: Samuel Ufus
(cc) 2010 Xarhope On The Road / GFR
Sabah El Noor Cairo Mall is about the maniac street sellers shouting in all directions in the chaotic streets of Cairo.
Taala. Twenty million of inhabitants and the strangers over the sun.
Bisswaraah. Cairo Mall is about the maniac mosque callers shouting to the megaphone in the improvised praying stands along the sidewalks.
Elhamd llahlah. Cairo Mall is about the maniac tourist hunters always trying to catch you with strange prays to make you go on the boats over the Nile to see who knows the mutant crocodile, half human half alligator.
Felucca Etneen Guinê. Cairo Mall is about the maniac taxi drivers always trying to go faster as the traffic gets more confuse.
Raya Feh? Cairo Mall is about the maniac people that make their lives on the street, there they stay all the day looking for an opportunity to talk, they will ask your name, they will spell you name, they will find an equivalent in Arabic for your name, they will search about the meaning and after the discussion maybe they will try to make some kind of business.
Felous Fluss All this is orchestral, but the musicians need to be paid. âDoesnât matter if people do not speak the same language, they have to talk, they have to laugh, they have to discuss, they have to go, because think too much is bad.
Ma Salama! These street recordings were made around Ramses square, Tahrir square and under the bridges in Ataba. In these areas is possible to find some charismatic personages that act as street musicians. The erk sous seller is a man that transports with him a big pot with some kind of fava liquor and play sagat, a kind of tip bell to call the clients. The rebaba seller always playing the same song about the Luxor enchants and trying to sell his homemade rababa violin to kids and strangers. Sometimes appears a short van full of gas bottles and a man hit the bottles with a stick making a metallic noise to call the people that need to change their gas bottles. There are some ambulant vegetable sellers, mainly woman, crossing the areas around downtown and shouting mororreia a kind of grape tree cooked leaf and ârassâ, in Portuguese alface, eventually with Arabic roots. Everythind a big salad. A life crude salad with all the ancient gods present.